Polymorphisms and oral diseases in Thailand

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September 2, 2022 - The taste buds in our tongues contain receptor cells that detect food particles dissolved in saliva.  G-protein coupled receptors on the surface of those receptor cells have been identified that respond to sweet, savory, or bitter tasting chemicals.  Twenty-five different G-protein coupled bitter taste receptors have been identified in humans.  Read more about Polymorphisms and oral diseases »

The DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health R56 trip to Lima, Peru

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September 2, 2022 - On March 31st, 2022, I flew on a redeye flight to Lima, Peru. This was my first time going to South America and I was very excited to be going to a new continent! My Spanish language skills were and still are severely lacking, so I made sure to download google translate onto my phone. It was a life saver while I was there! On April 1st, I arrived in the capital of Peru in the evening. Read more about Chelsea in Peru »

NIH D71 Grant Stakeholder Analysis Results

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September 2, 2022 - The DeRouen Center has been working on an NIH D71 Planning Grant in Kenya. In February, 2022, a group of researchers including Ana Lucia Seminario, Arthur Kemoli, Immaculate Opondo, Matthew Saxton, and Sara Stanley traveled to four sites in Kenya to meet with stakeholders in oral health and HIV research. Read more about NIH D71 Grant »

DeRouen Center Team Travels to Kenya for D71 Grant


May 23, 2022 - In February 2022, the University of Washington (UW) Timothy A. DeRouen Center team travelled to Kenya as part of our National Institute of Health’s D71 Grant entitled “TABASAMU: A multidisciplinary collaboration on building up research capacity in oral health and HIV/AIDS.” Read more about Kenya D71 Grant »

Children and adolescents living with HIV have poorer oral health-related quality of life

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May 23, 2022 - Children and adolescents living with HIV (CALHIV) have a higher risk of oral tissue diseases than those without HIV. Increasing awareness regarding the need to integrate oral health within medical care among pediatric HIV populations is crucial. Read more about children living with HIV »

The challenges of oral health in the United States

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April 21, 2022 - A 2021 report by the U.S. National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services entitled “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges” examines the current state of oral health in the United States, and the progress that has been made over the past twenty years. Read more about the challenges of oral health in the US »

Refugee displacement and public health systems

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April 21, 2022 - The war currently raging in Ukraine has created one of the largest refugee crises in modern history, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center. Read more about refugee displacement »

NIH awards the UW DeRouen Center an R56 grant


March 24, 2022 - Despite successful antiretroviral therapy (ART), dental caries and periodontal disease remain more prevalent in persons with HIV (PWHIV) than those without HIV. Read more about alcohol-use disorder »

Children from under-resourced communities are at high risk for oral disease

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March 24, 2022 - Oral diseases are among the most prevalent non-communicable diseases worldwide, disproportionally affecting vulnerable populations. Read more about children at high risk for oral disease »

Vocational Scholarships at Khon Kaen University

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February 25, 2022 - Recently, the Faculty of Dentistry from Khon Kaen University were selected by the Education Equality Fund (EEF) to participate in the project, “Advanced Vocational Innovation Scholarships” to promote and support 30 underprivileged youth to study in the Dental Assistant Certificate Program, a one-year course certified by the Dental Council. Read more about Vocational Scholarships »